Monday, May 14, 2012

Bridal Shower Tea Party

When my sister requested a tea party-themed bridal shower, I immediately went to Martha to find some inspiration.  My sister-in-law and I took those ideas and ran and I think we put together a lovely shower!  The only thing I would change: having a bit more time before and during the shower to take proper pictures.  Hostessing and taking pictures were too much I guess :) 

First thing....the invitations.  Overwhelmed by all the cheesy ones I saw online, I just asked Jill to do her thing since I had seen some of her other custom invitations.  She knows me so well, that this was it on her first try!

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Thank you Jill

Then there was the food.

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I made four different kinds of finger sandwiches:  Egg Salad, Herbed Goat Cheese, Turkey Tea Sandwiches, and for the bride, almond butter and strawberry jam.  I used Madeleine's scone recipe (ok, technically this one, but Madeleine first introduced me to them) and one I found from the Ravelry Cuppa Tea group.  Ravelry, can find anything there :)

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The Cake

My sister-in-law made the cake and red velvet cupcakes too!  I am so impressed with her cake decorating....amazing!  And delicious too.  Lemon bars, shortbread cookies, and pecan shortbread cookies were made by me, all courtesy of the fabulous Barefoot Contessa.

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Here are the favors we made.  Vintage mix and match tea cups, with shortbread heart cookies, heart sugar cubes from Wishingwell Arts and Crafts, and individual tea bags that we made with tags of the couple's initials and wedding date (and without a picture?!).

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My sister's godmother hosted the party in her gorgeous backyard and she coordinated the tables to look just perfect.

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The bride-to-be and the mother of the bride

Tea Flowers

Little Snowboarder and I had a great time Friday afternoon putting these together.  We took this big pile of flowers....


.....and turned them into these centerpieces.  I just love the tea tins as vases!


I spy a little snowboarder..


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I'm pretty sure my sister had a wonderful afternoon!

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The Sisters

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Oh, and the tea.  I've become a bit obsessed, I'll admit.  Between Harney & Sons and Teavana, I'll be drinking the good stuff for awhile :)  There are extra shortbread in the freezer, so feel free to stop by for a spot of tea soon.

Happy Tea Party!
xoxo Irishgirlieknits


Renee Anne said...

It looks like a lovely time was had by all.

Since we're 99% sure we're moving to the Bay Area within the next few months, I may have to take you up on the offer of confections (I say 99% because we're waiting for Husband's background check and the official offer letter).

Sarah said...

looks like you did a wonderful job for your sister, I'm sure she was pleased!

dianne said...

Looks like a beautiful afternoon! I wish I was close enough to stop by for a cup of tea and some knitting :-)

Kaye said...

Whew! I'm exhausted looking at all the prep you put into that! Very nice and I'm glad you got good weather for it!

Lindsay said...

What a great job you did! So much creativity and I LOVE the flower arrangements! Also, I'm so jealous of your SIL's fabulous cake decorating skills.

Grace Note Gifts said...

How fun and beautiful! What a great theme shower. I found you from Wishingwell on Facebook. I bought some of her sweet little sugar hearts to awhile back and just love them!

Blessings, Grace

Shoelaceswitcher said...

That looks like it turned out perfectly! Now I want a tea-party bridal shower! haha

erica said...

oh wow! what a LOVELY tea party! it looked like such a fun day. i love all the finishing touches.

stevenjared0853 said...

Happy to know about this bridal show tea party. Last month, I arranged bachelorette party for my best friend and booked one of exquisite San Francisco wedding venues. Hired experienced party catering services and they made excellent food for the event.